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T+L's Definitive Guide to Auckland

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Photo: Kieran Scott

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Our picks of the top hotels, from the CBD to nearby Waiheke Island.

Hotel Debrett: Smack in the middle of the CBD is this funky redo of a turn-of-the-20th-century building. The 25 rooms are a riot of graphically patterned carpets, Midcentury furniture in orange and turquoise upholstery, and generous black-and-white-tiled baths. $$

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour: The marble- and metal-clad lobby at this sleek former Westin in central Auckland glows with the light of hundreds of candles in the evening; Sabrage, the champagne bar, fills early with an after-work crowd of young professionals. On the top floor, there’s a new 3,500-square-foot spa. Rooms are done up in shades of brown and white, and have all-inclusive mini-bars and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the boat-filled marina. $$

The Langham: Auckland’s onetime jewel has retained some of its luster thanks to the renovated lobby and lounge, with their high ceilings, marble floors, and old-school tea service. The CBD and Ponsonby are within easy walking distance of the hotel, and the exceptional warmth of the staff goes a long way toward compensating for the rooms, which, though spacious, could use a little sprucing up. $$

Hilton: A local favorite since its opening in 2001, this steel-and-glass structure has 240-degree views of the city and Waitemata Harbour from its front suites (though east-facing windows are occasionally blocked by cruise ships that come in to dock). The rooms are simple—gray carpets; sparse furnishings; large, comfy beds—but the lively Fish restaurant and Bellini Bar more than make up for it. $$

The Boatshed: It’s Hamptons-meets-Kiwi style at this seven-room hotel set above Little Oneroa Beach on Waiheke Island: interiors have wainscoted walls, teak and rattan furniture, and abundant nautical touches (a ship model here, a telescope there). Made-to-order three-course dinners and breakfasts are served on multiple terraces. Book the Lighthouse, with its private veranda high above Hauraki Gulf. $$$$

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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